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Cindy K.

Altadena, CA


Ivy League English, composition, comprehension, and editing specialist

In-person lessons
5.0 average from 127 ratings
Kind and enthusiastic tutor
— Ellie, Altadena, CA on 1/12/16

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University of California at Santa Barbara
English and German


University of California at Santa Barbara (English and German)

Harvard (J.D.)

About Cindy

I have earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where I was an editor of the International Law Journal, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I graduated with Distinction in the Major, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, and valedictorian of the School of Arts and Humanities. I have extensive experience in journalism and composing in-depth research papers. My specialty and passion is writing!

Throughout my career, I have continually been drawn to teaching, tutoring, and mentoring. I genuinely enjoy helping students, whether they are applying to schools, preparing for tests, needing remediation, or desiring to take their skills and knowledge to the next level. I have tutored and edited for college and graduate school students, professional writers, and academics, as well as elementary school children and illiterate adult students. Each student requires both an intuitive understanding of the learner's difficulties and the application of different strategies, techniques, subject matter knowledge, and sensitivities.

Specifically, I have been an EFL and Disabled Students Program tutor at UCSB, a literacy tutor at a refugee center in Germany, and a private editor for S.J.D. and Ph.D. candidates and fellow writers. I am eager to share my love of learning with you as you achieve your goals. I believe my unique academic, professional, and international experiences can be an asset to you.

My approach is to target the student's immediate problem, but also to teach lifelong academic skills so that he or she will not be forever dependent on a tutor or editor. Particularly in language arts, there are no quick fixes. I can help students achieve that confidence that comes from competence and understanding.

If you would like me to be your tutor, we can meet at a mutually agreed location, and I require 24 hours notice of cancellations.

I am looking forward to working with you!
I have earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where I was an editor of the International Law Journal, and a B.A. in English Read more

36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Altadena, CA 91001
In-person lessons

"Kind and enthusiastic tutor"

- Ellie, Altadena, CA on 1/12/16

"Great teacher! Great advice!"

- Charles, Arcadia, CA on 10/12/15

"Go Cindy!"

- Stephanie, Los Angeles, CA on 9/7/15

"An excellent tutor"

- Chloe, Altadena, CA on 7/27/15

"Best English Tutor"

- RICHARD, San Gabriel, CA on 4/14/15
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,

Approved subjects are in bold.

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I am EFL tutor through the UCSB Department of Linguistics.


J.D., Harvard Law School; practice at U.S. corporate law firm, international law firm in Zurich, Switzerland.


I have a B.A. in English Literature and German Literature from UCSB. I graduated with Distinction in the Major and also as valedictorian. I earned a 5 on the AP Literature exam and received the prestigious NCTE Achievement in Writing Award.


95th percentile on the LSAT. Admitted to and graduated from Harvard Law. Practiced corporate law as well as public service.


I am an editor for Harvard Law School International Law Journal. And I have extensive editing experience in a variety of academic disciplines, particularly literature and social sciences.


I have a structured literacy certificate from International Dyslexia Association and am Wilson Reading System trained.

University of California at Santa Barbara
English and German


University of California at Santa Barbara (English and German)

Harvard (J.D.)

Kind and enthusiastic tutor — As a homeschooling parent, I am so happy to have Cindy as a writing tutor! Writing is so hard to teach properly, but Cindy is very knowledgeable about the best methods, sequence, etc. She is also engaging with my child and obviously really cares about her as a writer and also as a person. She is sensitive to learning differences, and follows a developmentally appropriate approach to writing, build ...

— Ellie, Altadena, CA on 1/12/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cindy will travel within 20 miles of Altadena, CA 91001.